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grants grants grants presentation for the south dakota community foundation
Grants, Grants, Grants

Presentation for the South Dakota Community Foundation

John Williams

Freelance Grant Writer

[email protected]

getting to know you
Getting to know you

Briefly tell me:

  • Your name
  • Where you work
  • Your grant writing experience
getting to know me
Getting to know me

John Williams

  • 20 years of Grant Writing experience
  • 6 years at Public Television
  • 8 years in the arts
  • Last six years in Long-Term Care
  • Recently began freelancing with clients such as Sanford USD Medical Center, SD Synod of the ELCA and SD Lions Club
definitions and parameters
Definitions and Parameters

A grant is a legal contract between a funds recipient and a granting agency for the purpose of implementing a:

  • Carefully specified;
  • Mutually agreed upon;
  • Project or program
  • A partnership generally consists of multiple organizations and individuals working together under a common vision.
trends in foundation and government grant support
Trends in Foundation and Government Grant Support
  • Funders want to see communities working together to ensure non duplication of services
  • Very few to no general operating support $
  • New or expanded services
  • Demonstration projects and programs that involve community partnerships
  • Many app’s contain language “grantee must partner” etc.
rfp s request for proposals
RFP’s: Request for Proposals
  • AKA, NOFA’s, NOGA’s, ROA’s etc.
  • Requests for Proposal have lengthy, detailed instructions for required categories for the grant application:
    • Abstract
    • Background and significance
    • Problem Statement
    • Goals & Objectives
    • Workplan
    • Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation
aligning and writing to replicate
Aligning and Writing to Replicate
  • It is crucial that your project aligns with the grantors guidelines
  • After reviewing the RFP’s of your potential funders, choose the most difficult to write first
  • This way you can easily cut and paste sections of the large grant for other funders
create a grant writing team
Create a Grant Writing Team
  • Most people are afraid of grants with the perception that they are complicated and tedious. While this is can be true, there is safety in numbers
  • Identify your internal colleagues who have a stake in the project
  • Most businesses have a staff person who likes to work with numbers and data. Find them and befriend them
gather your resources
Gather your resources
  • Human
  • Financial
  • In-Kind
  • Volunteer
  • Outside partners (Letters of Support)
  • Write this last if possible but you may need to structure a draft of the abstract to distribute to stakeholders early in the process
  • This is your thesis and solution
  • Succinct, engaging, compelling
background of project
Background of project
  • Or How was the need identified?
  • Must research to complete this section
  • Data must be updated for each application
  • Find a trusted source of evidence based materials if possible
  • Lots of information available on the web to support most ideas
goals objectives activities benchmarks measurable outcomes
Goals, Objectives, Activities, Benchmarks & Measurable Outcomes
  • Goals are what you hope for
  • Objectives lead you to goals
  • Activities achieve objectives
  • Benchmarks are points in time in which particular activities are accomplished
  • Measureable outcomes are tools for evaluation
  • These should incorporate qualitative and quantitative measures if possible
work plan
Work Plan
  • This is one of the most helpful tools to guide your proposal.
  • Creates a timeline of activities and those responsible
  • Offers the opportunity to secure buy-in from internal and external stakeholders
  • Vital section of any grant
  • Strive to include both qualitative and quantitative measures
  • Best done by a third party
  • Use existing measure whenever possible
  • Information is Information—Positive or Negative
  • When you’ve organized your grant team, begin with the budget. Experience has shown that this discussion can bear out any potential issues in grant preparation.
  • Any in-kind contributions?
  • Does the RFP require matching funds?
  • What is your indirect cost rate?
  • How much detail do they want?
formal partnerships
Formal Partnerships
  • Payor sources
  • Contractors
  • Referral sources
  • Other providers
  • Social service agencies
  • Community agencies
informal partnerships
Informal Partnerships
  • State agencies
  • Workforce agencies
  • Social services agencies
  • County case workers
  • Like-minded organizations and institutions
benefits of partnership
Benefits of partnership
  • Funding of new or expanded service lines
  • Sharing the work
  • Financial support
  • Increased client base
  • Positive public relations
  • Demonstration of commitment to the community
challenges of partnerships
Challenges of Partnerships
  • Sharing of the grant award
  • Sustainability
  • buy-in
  • flexibility
  • leadership
  • resources
  • time
case study formal partnership
Case Study-Formal Partnership

Expansion of delivering telehealth technology to seniors in a 4 county area to reduce ER visits and nursing home admissions and re-admissions.

Partners: Good Samaritan Society

USDA Telemedicine Grant

State of MN University of MN (Evaluator)

County case managers

Public Health Nurses

case study informal partnership
Case study: Informal Partnership

Lutheran Social Services, Good Sam and Refugee and Immigration Center of Sioux Falls (Health Care Workforce Grant)

exercise and q a
Exercise and Q & A
  • The State Department of Social Services is providing dollars to agencies to increase access to preventive services with the goal of decreasing ER visits for residents with chronic diseases.
  • Identify your Formal and Informal Partners